Infection prevention and control is patient safety priority in our healthcare facilities. In the future, common treatable infections may become untreatable. Past estimates of patients acquiring a healthcare associated infection (HAI) range from 1 in 8 to 1 in 10 hospitalised patients. Healthcare associated infections contribute to the disability and stress of the patient, additional length of stay and cost and death. Infection prevention and control in healthcare settings is a global priority endorsed by the World Health Organization and a national priority for the Australian Government, Ministries of Health, the Australian Commission of Quality and Safety in Health Care and healthcare facility accreditation organisations.
This course is aimed at informing healthcare managers, clinicians, planners and policymakers with an overview of HAIs, the complexity of the causes and drivers of the spread of HAI and the activities required for the prevention and control of HAIs. Because the course is aligned with the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards 3 it is particularly of interest to healthcare managers but also international students will also benefit as this Standard is a core component of any excellent infection prevention and control program. The course content includes components infection control programs recognised as core to any sound program by the World Health Organization. An international expert in infection prevention facilitates the course and experts in specific content provide lectures on the current issues.
This course is an elective course of the Master of Health Leadership and Management, Master of Public Health, Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence and Master of Global Health programs. It is comprised of 6 units of credit towards the total required for the completion of these programs.